Green’s Dictionary of Slang

grass v.1

[i.e. to knock onto the grass]

1. (also send to grass) to knock down [outdoor prize-fights were held on the grass].

[UK]‘One of the Fancy’ Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 57: The shame, that aught but death should see him grass’d, / All fir’d the veteran’s pluck.
[UK] ‘Battles’ in Fancy I XVIII 425: Acton placed a blow, when the Black grassed him by a heavy blow on the mouth.
[UK]Egan Bk of Sports 160: The bustling movements of the fives a pair, / That, right and left, essay to grass him flat.
[US]Flash (N.Y.) 10 July 2/3: Bob had the best of the first few rounds; but was grassed in each.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 18 Mar. 1/4: Ben again grassed.
[UK](con. 1824) Fights for the Championship 95: Ward [...] fibbed him with effect on the nut-crackers and grassed him.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 2 Mar. 5/2: Both pasted away atthe nut [...] a close, and both ‘grassed’.
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 99: These escaped the worse fate of many of their companions, who were received with such a volley of bottles as sent numbers of them ‘to grass,’ not to ‘come up to time’ again that night, either.
[UK]Sporting Life 11 Dec. n.p.: Just on the completion of the minute grassed his man with a swinging right-hander [F&H].
[UK](con. 1835–40) P. Herring Bold Bendigo 138: He’s grassed all comers so far, but candidly I think his colours will be lowered by Young Brassey.

2. to kill, to defeat.

[UK]Dickens Dombey and Son (1970) 712: He was severely fibbed by the Larkey one, and heavily grassed.
[UK]Daily Tel. 26 Nov. n.p.: The Doctor had killed twenty out of twenty-five, while his opponent had grassed seventeen of the same number [F&H].
[UK]J. Newman Scamping Tricks 119: I saw I was grassed, so I took his measurement.

3. (Aus.) of a woman, to lead a hedonistic life in her husband’s absence.

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 4 May 5/5: Many lady friends do visit / Of her place, I’m tellin' you; / Widders what are out a-grassin’. / Single gells, and others too.
[Aus]Truth (Brisbane) 13 Feb. 3/5: It’s a great pity they had nothing better to do than to be grassing in Wickham Park.

4. (US black) to have sexual intercourse outdoors, esp. lit. on the grass.

[US]C.M. Webster Town Meeting Country 238: Most of our sins are of lustful bodies. Not much is said about who is grassing who [DARE].
[US]Lewis How To Talk Yankee 15: Grassin’. . . Pursuit of the fleshly delights al fresco. ‘Janie, when are you and I goin’ grassin’?’ [DARE].
[US] in DARE File.